Pistol Review: Ruger's MAX-9 - Impressive Bang For Buck

In a world where concealable micro-compact pistols have become increasingly high in demand, Ruger has released their new handgun, the Max-9, to compete with the other big names out there like Sig Sauer's P365 and Springfield's Hellcat.


Expanding from their both reliable and affordable LC series, Ruger has developed a slim, lightweight and compact pistol that still provides an impressive capacity of up to 12+1.

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Coming in at 18.4 ounces and .95 inches wide, the Max-9 features an incredibly slim frame with some ergonomic touches to it making it ideal for quick-draw self defense. Not only that, but a 3.2-inch barrel and overall length of 6 inches makes the Max-9 highly concealable.


Immediately when handling the Max-9 you notice the beavertail sits high allowing the shooter to quickly get a firm grip on the gun. On both sides you'll feel there are slight thumb rests that taper from 0.955" to 0.893". Moreover, you have several panels of mildly aggressive stippling that give you that perfect grip even when your hands are sweating.

When it comes to durability and reliability the Max-9 features, "rugged construction thanks to a through-hardened alloy steel slide, a one-piece, precision-machined fire control chassis, and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame." - RUGER


What's even more convenient is the optics-cut slide and fiber-optic front sight the Max-9 features allowing for easy installation of micro red dots. Additionally it features a drift-adjustable rear sight that are meant to co-witness with Shield- or JPoint- pattern micro red-dot sights.

  • Striker-fired with a short, smooth trigger pull, clean break and positive reset.

  • Slim, lightweight and compact for personal protection while still providing a capacity of up to 12+1 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition.

  • Rugged construction with through-hardened alloy steel slide; one-piece, precision-machined fire control chassis; and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.

  • Medium-textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip.

  • Tritium fiber optic day/night front sight for high visibility and drift adjustable rear sight.

  • Optic ready for direct mounting of co-witnessed JPoint™ and Shield-pattern micro red dot sights.

  • Cold hammer-forged barrel results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity.

  • Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, internal striker blocker and inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

  • Reversible magazine release.

  • Two E-Nickel Teflon® coated magazines and finger grip extension floorplate that can be added to the magazine for comfort and improved grip.


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